* Performs tree Planting at Sam Mbakwe Int’l Airport

* Flags-off All Seasons farming and

* Unveils Agricultural Roadmap of Imo State.

It was indeed an Agricultural Day in Imo state as Governor Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha embarked on ground breaking ceremonies and flag-off of 2019 agricultural year.
Beginning with Amumara community in Ezinihitte Mbaise local government area, the ray of hope and development beamed on the community as Governor Emeka Ihedioha has done the ground breaking ceremony of Rice Seed Farm Clusters Programme which sparks off the Agricultural Policy Programme in the state.

Governor Ihedioha pointed out that the rice seed clusters production is a multi-season programme whose irrigation equipment are already on ground.

He stated that the choice of Amumara community for the Rice Seed Cluster Programme was very apt considering amongst others: their dense population, fertile soil, agric-friendly status and mostly as a riverine border area.

The governor implored youths of the community to harness this rare opportunity to be meaningfully and gainfully employed instead of involving in crime and hard drugs.
Chief Ihedioha elated the community further when he assured that the Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) will traverse the community once they are serious with the rice seeding programme.

Earlier, Hon. Chijioke Osuji, the SSA to the Governor on Food Value Chain and Programme Manager of Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), appreciated governor Ihedioha for his magnanimity while also assuring that people will be reorientated in the business of quality rice production and supply.

On his part, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Emma Nwaogu stated that the community will match the governor’s words with action by developing lands for rice production.

Mrs. Gertrude Iroeme, the T.C. Chairman of Ezinihitte LGA appealed to the villagers to assist in the security of the project while the Anglican Bishop of Ezinihitte Mbaise, Bishop Chamberlin Ogunedo tasked the community to hold unto the rice seeding programme and make something good out of it.

In a related development, Governor Emeka Ihedioha has directed that Imo citizens be involved in Palm tree planting and beautification of the state for purposes of environmental freshness.

He said this when he performed the Palm tree planting ceremony organized by the Ministry of Agriculture at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport.

The Palm tree planting according to the Governor will stretch from the International Cargo Airport road to Aba- Owerri road demonstrating the rich agricultural background of the state and the desire to restore the glory of agriculture and the well being of the people of Imo.

Governor Ihedioha urged Imolites in rural and urban areas to plant palm trees because of it’s significance to development.

At the flag-off of the 2019 All Seasons Farming proper, under the watch of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Trade and Investment Center, Owerri, Chief Ihedioha charged the Ministry and youths of Imo to dress for work and accept the challenge in agricultural production as it holds the future for them.

The Governor said that it’s in the effort of diversifying the revenue base of the state that Rural Access Mobility Project (RAMP) is partnering with the state government to make life easier for the rural dwellers especially in movement of Agricultural products.

He further stated that the essence of the All Season Farming is targeted at food sufficiency as the farmers will be supplied with better hybrid crops particularly in oil palm production, adding that good-spirited Imolites including traditional rulers should provide lands for this trending agric and agro-based businesss.

Governor Ihedioha, while wooing investors to invest in Imo said that extensive collaborations in the public and private sector a has been done in this regard to get the state out of poverty through agriculture.

Earlier, the SSA on Agricultural Development, Hon. Uche Odozor said that the heart beat of the governor is for farmers to make money through agriculture which could only be achieved through what he called “Climate-Snatch Agriculture”, while Hon. Chijioke Osuji, SSA on Food Value Chain said that the government is alive to developing all agricultural commodities for food sufficiency in the state.

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